Change.org petition: requesting that the Men's Health Information and Resource Centre's (MHIRC’s) funding should be renewed
Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that's five men a day, on average). Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths (http://www.menshealthweek.org.au/En/Pages/ee4d91/Why-Men-s-Health.aspx)
MHIRC focuses particularly on the health status of marginalised or disadvantaged males - this includes populations such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, unemployed men, separated men, incarcerated men, new dads and other males who may find themselves at risk of increased stress and therefore poorer health outcomes.
Important global role that NSW plays in men’s health (for a very modest investment) and the valuable role MHIRC .
MHIRC work has also had a national (even international) impact. Projects like MENGAGE and men’s health week have attracted national and international attention.
Call for a new men’s health policy to replace the one that ends in June, 2013
Request that MHIRC’s funding should be renewed,
Request that if there is a tender for men’s health work in NSW that men’s health work not be split into separate projects – this will dilute the effectiveness of any men’s health work as well as increasing the incidental costs across a number of organisations.
Click here to sign the petition.